*No-One or *Noone or No One | Meaning, Definition & Spelling

No one is an indefinite pronoun meaning ‘nobody’. No-one, with a hyphen, is also considered acceptable in UK English (though it’s less common than ‘no one’).

‘Noone’, written without spaces, is incorrect and should be avoided.

Examples: Noone, no-one, and no one in a sentence
  • Noone asked for your advice.
  • No-one asked for your advice.
  • No one asked for your advice.

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How to use no one in a sentence

No one is an indefinite pronoun meaning the same as ‘nobody’. Because it’s treated as a singular noun, it’s always followed by a singular verb form.

    Examples: How to use no one
    • Besides Dave, no one are interested.
    • Besides Dave, no one is interested.
    • No one know the answer.
    • No one knows the answer.

      No one is also grammatically negative, so using it in a negative statement (i.e., a construction that includes the adverb ‘not’) creates a double negative that confuses your meaning.

        Examples: No one and negative verb forms
        • No one doesn’t want dessert. [technically means “Everyone wants dessert”]
        • No one wants dessert.

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        Frequently asked questions

        Is ‘no one’ one word or two?

        No one (two words) is an indefinite pronoun meaning ‘nobody’. People sometimes mistakenly write ‘noone’, but this is incorrect and should be avoided. ‘No-one’, with a hyphen, is also acceptable in UK English.

        What’s the difference between ‘nobody’ and ‘no one’?

        Nobody and no one are both indefinite pronouns meaning ‘no person’. They can be used interchangeably (e.g., ‘nobody is home’ means the same as ‘no one is home’).

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